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REVIEW: The Adversary – ‘Chapter 3: Falling Is Flight’

the adversaryThroughout the five-track release, The Adversary channel 80’s style (see “Coming On”), utilizing modern technology. On tracks like, “Coming On,” the nostalgic vibes are strong, as well as fantastically catchy.

However, it’s “Aural Fixation,” with opening bass notes remind me of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and a very 80s sound, that is quite mesmerizing. It’s a very chilled track, which I can easily imagine in the opening credits of a film. Rhythmic, catchy, filled with plenty of other-worldly sounds to keep a listener entertained, especially once the haunting vocals eventually creep in, hypnotic in nature, and adding another layer to the song.

“Falling Is Flight” features systematic sounds, with a steady build. The husky tone of the vocals remind me of Muse’s Matthew Bellamy’s haunting drawl. The track acts as a beautiful reminder that holding on so tight to something is unhealthy, and sometimes, that plummeting fear of the fall is the only way to move on.

The last two tracks, “Can You Believe” and “When Doves Cry,” are very similar, to me. Both thrive on synth-driven, repetitive melodics and lyrics, which work in their favor. In all honesty, this collection of music is something you want to move to, not necessarily sit around listening to. So, listen to the music, get off your butt, and get dancing in your room, like humans were obviously built to do!

Chapter 3: Falling Is Flight is available NOW.

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REVIEW: Marianas Trench – ‘Astoria’

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Marianas Trench are finally back with a new album: AstoriaIt has been well-worth the wait, I assure you. There is nothing rushed or sloppy about this album, which drops on October 23rd. The album plays out like a coming-of-age film, much as the band aspires, especially considering its multitude of Goonies references, and the strong 80’s presence that adds to the enjoyment of every track.

Each transition track could have been a part of a film score, or even deemed as the overture in a larger-than-life stage show.

“Astoria” kicks things off with a massive, cinematic introduction, and then the piano comes in, rounding out the already magical instrumentals. Josh Ramsay’s vocals come sweeping in beautifully, adding to the overall melodic tone. There’s a depth to this track that rings out like a banner to listeners, an anthem of sorts, and has an operatic feel as some points (one point actually reminds me of Queen). This song is revenge, lust, adolescence, and everything in between. For those of us that grew up on 80’s music still being played all the time, this track is perfection, going through multiple emotions, and finishing off with a sweet moment on the piano that feels like the red velvet curtain being lifted onto the most amazing stage show. 7 minutes isn’t long enough!

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“Crazy” kicks the ULTRAGIRL EP off with an 80s/90’s synth/electronica vibe meshing with the overall tone of “Crazy In Love,” ala Beyonce`. The track is high energy showcasing impressive vocals from Aria Lanelle, who allows each note to soar out of her. This is definitely a song that will bring many late 80’s/early 90’s lovers back in time. It has such a throwback tone to it, I can almost see the “gritty” cityscape for the music video, with smoke and blue lighting, as well as crazy geometric patterns and bold neons.

“Back In” doesn’t back down from that nostalgic style, with Lanelle posing the question, “Does love only come once in a lifetime?” Personally, I’m surprised by the soul and vulnerability present, especially if I were just to hear the instrumental. Based on the lyrics, I’d imagine rich melodics and grand instrumentals. However, perhaps it’s the contrast between to the two that allow the opening for Lanelle to slip in her breathy raps and create a sound all her own. She certainly drives out expectations, and delivers a memorable experience in a small amount of time, creating a diva-like persona that pops on songs like, “All.”

Considering Lanelle has done everything by herself (written, arranged, produced, and recorded), ULTRAGIRL is excellently pieced together. With tracks like “They Don’t Know,” which sounds as though a multitude of people have worked on it, Lanelle sets a standard for independently released EPs.

“Got It Bad” was just released as a single, and the 90’s vibes are shocking. It’s got the soulful heartbreak that was ever-present in that decade, but now accomplished by a modern songstress’s vocals. The more i hear this song, the more I want to play it again and again. It really caps the EP off beautifully, and makes it a very impressive release.

ULTRAGIRL EP will be released on April 10th via iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.

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REVIEW: Great Highway – ‘Industrial Love Scene’



Great Highway kicks Industrial Love Scene off with “Little Black Book,” which has a live feel, stunning harmonies, catchy, steady pacing, and proves to be a great running track. It’s a bouncy, dance-geared anthem, but with a depth to it that seems to build throughout. Great Highway proves to be edgy, upbeat, but still present something mysterious with the lingering threat of, “I’ve got a million other people I can find if you keep treating me like nothing.” “Singe,” which finishes off Industrial Love Scene with just as much raw power, if not more. Accompanied by aggressive instrumentation that swells as the song progresses and sarcastic lyrics such as, “I heard you wrote me a letter. You want to come by, give it a try. Well, I’ve got a plan I like better; sit there alone and think about why,” the track is filled with angst and dark humor, and it’s impossible to resist. Ah, the angry stage of the breakup. It’s always the most fun, is it not?

The powerful, take-charge tone doesn’t fade out with the first track. “Moving Target” is powerful in and of itself, standing out with pure quality of both music and lyrics. There are undertones reminiscent of some of Annie Lennox’s work with Eurythmics, with layered harmonies that really bring it up to speed as one of the best tracks on the album. The song beautifully unfolds, revealing itself to be about the shattering of a relationship, and how hard it is to be in a relationship.

“The Venom In Me” has a diverse instrumentation that will give you chills. There is more of a male presence on the track; showcasing the effects of the end on a relationship and a failure of love quite simply. Heart-wrenching in many ways, you can almost hear how broken our protagonist is just from the sound of the impeccable instrumentals, but it is the delivery of the lines that make the track as impressive as it is. “Instant Crush” revisits these feelings, while also seeming to draw from the feeling of using friends as shields when all else fails.

Great Highway explores the eerier sounds when they can, with tracks like “The Current.” Haunting, sounding almost like a post-apocolyptic carnival that pulls you in the most frightening way, it is definitely something incredible to hear, transitioning beautifully into “Smoke.” The latter is bouncy to begin, but pulls in the piano that brings into a grandiose track, filled with character. Dance-oriented, contrasting with a melancholy subject: the deterioration of a relationship, there is a somewhat bitter tone to the track overall, which balances out beautifully with the exchange of lines between the two vocalists.

With original songs, unique sound, and a style all their own, Great Highway is a group of insanely talented people who deserve all the praise they can possibly receive. It would appear that every track adds a new layer, both to Industrial Love Scene and Great Highway.


Industrial Love Scene will be released on March 16th. Click HERE for more information on Great Highway.

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Go Wolf Just Want To “Talk To You”


As summer comes to an end, most of us are torn between our sadness at leaving the sunshine behind and our excitement of the leaves changing color and pumpkin spice everything coming back to every local cafe. Just like with every season, I am attempting to piece together a wistful goodbye playlist, but it’s finding those perfect songs that proves to be troublesome. That is, until I was linked to Go Wolf’s new song “Talk To You.”

There is something about it that is ethereal, with a rhythmic flare that reminds me of the best tunes from the late 80s/early 90s, and I cannot stop listening to it. Both catchy and entrancing, Go Wolf will have listeners singing along in no time, and definitely swaying to the beat. Just think, this is the song that will take you back to the beach while you’re back behind a school desk!


Click onto any of the following to find out more about this awesome band:


Website: http://www.lovegowolf.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LOVEGOWOLF

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Seventy-One

d71 Remember on yesterday’s post when I said I hoped this week started better than last week ended? I spoke way too soon. However, I am remaining optimistic that the week can only get better, just as some of these playlists are. 1. One – Metallica I am ashamed to say that I fell asleep the first time I listened to this. In my defense, I am super-tired, and I had the bright idea of laying down to watch the video. Very silly plan. Anyway, when I finally could keep my eyes open, the instrumentation had me on full alert. Very well done, with a raw emotion to it that is jaw-dropping. The song is truly impeccable, from its narration to its delivery. 2. The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds I love the fact that this track has a classic narrative, bluesy soul to it, with the chaos of a rock song. There is an inflection in Cave’s vocals that really bring life to each line, especially when accompanied by well-rounded instrumentation. 3. Ederlezi – Goran Bregovic Shockingly beautiful and haunting. From the fabulously rich musical arrangement to the striking young vocals that are present throughout, this is an intriguing song, to say the least. It comes completely left field, but it sounds brilliant. 4. Ale Brider – Klezmatics Another strangely wonderful tune. I don’t know why I enjoy this so much. It’s like nothing I’ve ever really heard before, so the novelty of it might just be what has me so entranced. 5. Love Shack – The B-52’s I despise this song. I’m sorry, but I truly hate it. I just think it is one of the most nauseating tracks that I have ever heard. Help me. My ears are bleeding. From being a little kid, I’ve never liked this song. I almost feel bad, because it’s nothing personal against the band, but please, no more. 6. A Little Respect – Erasure I can’t help but love this. The vocal melodies just kind of pull me in. I love the mix of synth and acoustic guitar, especially when accompanied by fantastic falsetto on the part of Any Bell. This is just extremely catchy. I dare you not to like it. 7. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak We all know this from Friends. You know the episode, don’t even deny it. I’ve never been huge on it, but the more I hear it, the more I actually come to like it. Chris Isaak croons lyrics like they’re literally the feelings coming alive out of his body. It’s kind of interesting just to sit and listen to how he conveys emotion. 8. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode Considering I’m not a huge Depeche Mode fan, I think it’s pretty important that I note how impressed I was by how much more they developed their lyrics. This song has a bit more of a philosophical vibe to it, which adds to its quality. Of course, Hilary Duff sampled it in 2008, and I’m still not sure if I really like it or not. Hmm… 9. Soy gitano – Camaron de la Isla I love flamenco music, and this is no exception. Camaron de la Isla’s vocals are incredible, especially when accompanied by that gorgeous guitar playing. To die for. 10. I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses Good old boys from Manchester! [insert big smiley face here] I love how biting and callous this song is, but without the usual aggressive instrumental you would hear. It’s passive aggressive in a way that just adds a level of enjoyment that is impossible to resist. Can we also mention the incredible instrumental at the end? I could listen to that on repeat alone!   Thank goodness. So ends the playlist and the day, all in one lump. Today, again, was a very good variety. I wish I felt more energetic to really enjoy it, but I think I’m going to pass out from sleepiness if I’m not careful!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Seventy


Man, where did the weekend go? I feel like it should still be Saturday! But, it’s time to put my headphones on and get ready to listen to the Day Seventy playlist. I can’t believe it’s Day Seventy already. Only thirty days to go on the challenge! As much as I’m going to miss doing this challenge, I am also excited to start a new one…and to possibly go to bed early.

1. Where Is My Mind? – Pixies

So noisy and strange, and, haunting, that you cannot ignore this incredible track. The Pixie’s are a timeless band, with their influence spanning nearly three decades. The guitar on this track is spectacular and seems to have something to say all on its own, and the melodic vocals are entrancing. In many ways, I can almost hear which bands were influenced by both the Pixies and this song directly.

2. Waiting Room – Fugazi

Bringing punk back onto the main stage and giving outcasts a voice once more, Fugazi’s punk anthem, “Waiting Room” is incredible. I may be biased, because I love group vocals, but this is truly a great track. This would be something I would expect to hear at the Warped Tour, really encouraging interaction between the band and the crowd.

3. Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney

Loud, boisterous, and grunge. The Seattle music scene has graced the world with many amazing bands, but here is one that time should never forget. The further along into this playlist I get, the more I am hearing the phasing in to the early nineties, where grunge dominated. I’m also hearing Mark Arm’s shrieking that is oddly fascinating…

4. Feed Me With Your Kiss – My Bloody Valentine

I like My Bloody Valentine, but this, for me, is a bit much. The music overpowers the vocals, and it just doesn’t sit well with me, even if it is a decent track.

5. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

This is actually a pretty empowering song. Neneh Cherry celebrates the women who stand alone and survive, and applauds those who maintain who they are, as well as calling out the fake women and the men who treat women badly. This mixture of pop and hip-hop kind of emphasize the slow transition from the 80s to the 90s, where hip-hop stood on its own two feet on the top 40s.

6. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Such a classic. It truly is a timeless track. Tracy Champan’s songwriting abilities, as well as her musical talents, are flawless. This is one of those songs you could play again and again and again and never tire of it, or at least, I wouldn’t. I have always adored it for its simplicity, and probably always will.

7. Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.

Classic hip-hop. It’s a decent listen, and like listening to someone’s tales of living in a precarious situation, and seeing it through their eyes. I think there may be an excessive amount of both ego and bad language, but, then again, this is one of the songs that solidified what hip hop could be.

8. Opel – Syd Barrett

A simplistic singer-songwriter tune. Lyrically, it’s poetic, and I think that may be it’s main appeal, as the guitar playing isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. However, there is a level of enjoyment.

9. Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

With his solo career, Morrissey seemed to experiment with  a bit of a different sound than The Smiths. However, that’s not a bad thing, as “Everyday Is Like a Sunday” demonstrates perfectly. Lyrically perfect, I find myself entranced by this track. It has an upbeat style, but a melancholy tone in many senses, which may add to the beauty of the song.

10. Orinoco Flow – Enya

Something about this reminds me of a film I watched as a kid; I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a somewhat theatrical song, or what, but it’s hard to escape that feeling. I know I’ve heard this song many times before, but the more I hear it, the more I picture it in a film. The vocals on this track are impeccable, especially when you add in all the stunning harmonies.


Back to the wind and grind tomorrow, not that it ever truly stops. I loved the balanced mixture present on this playlist, and the fact that it finished off with Enya. Pretty much good luck on my part.

I’m hoping this week starts off a lot better than last week ended!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Sixty-Six


Some days are like boats. They sail around slowly, just coasting along; there might be a few impressive waves, but nothing out of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong, boats can be fun, but there’s always a feeling of unwinding when you get back on land, go home, get cleaned up, and put on comfy pajamas.

That would be my day today. Minus being on an actual boat. And, boy, could I have used the sunshine.

1. Kerosene – Big Black

As cool as the title of the song is, this came off as a whole lot of noise for the majority. The vocals are like if a hardcore artist tried to take on an Eminem song in Eminem’s style. It would just a bit odd. Of course, I can kind of see where hardcore/screamo may have been a bit influenced with this track. However, unlike those two genres, I wasn’t that into this.

2. Ay te dejo en San Antonio – Flaco Jimenez

Surprisingly, I have heard this song before. It’s not a bad listen, either. There’s something very soothing to me about it, with the mariachi style and the beautiful vocals. It’s quite a nice tune. I find it preferable to the prior track.

3. Time of No Reply – Nick Drake

A classic singer-songwriter type of song, with lyrics that look like they have been torn from the pages of a poetry book. It’s such a simple song, with a timeless melody. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about how it isn’t “perfect” or has an “off-key” sound, but that is what makes it such a special track. There is no polishing to it; it’s raw.

4. Wide Open Road – The Triffids

The steady introduction to this song really pulled me in immediately; it was somewhat entrancing. When the vocals first kicked in and the chorus with the “It’s the wide open road” line made me a bit unsure, but it soon won me back. Even if it’s a bit repetitive, there is something about it that is entertaining, and, like a cliche`, makes you want to go for a drive.

5. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

As far as I’m concerned, it seems there is little The Smiths can do wrong. Here is another prime example of why they are such an iconic band. There is an angst to this song that is excellently blended with morbidly romantic notions; the lyrics read like a modern Shakespearian tragedy/teen movie crossover. I’ll own up and say I listened to this on repeat.

6. Some Candy Talking – The Jesus and Mary Chain

With a familiar instrumental accompanied by quiet vocals, I wasn’t sure how listening to this song was going to go. However, as the song progressed, there was an attitude to it that was so much like a conversation with a high schooler. It’s an anthem, in many ways, especially when you add in the element of romanticism/sexualization. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea for its lyrical content, there is something in its style that makes it stand out for all the right reasons.

7. No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys

“No! Sleep! Till Brooklyn!” Sorry, I’ll contain myself. But this is a classic. I love this song. I love how it’s a rap, with a rock and roll edge. It’s fast-paced, fun, and in-your-face without being irritating. More of this, please! It’s such a great song to amp yourself up with! Did I mention the video is epic?

8. Raining Blood – Slayer

This is aggressive, as you would expect a song about blood by a band named ‘Slayer’ would be, but good gracious, this is not my cup of tea. I like listening to Bring Me The Horizon and the like, but this is just not me. I cannot say I enjoyed this at all, because I would be very content to never hear it ever again.

9. First We Take Manhattan – Jennifer Warnes

At first, I honestly thought this was like an early version of the Law and Order introduction. However, the chorus had a bounce to it that made the song a lot more interesting. The main appeal of this song is how much attitude is packed into one track.

10. True Colors – Cyndi Lauper

Another song we have all heard a million times. It is a classic in its own right. Lauper is known for being as strong and assured in her personality as she is with her bold hair color choices. On this song, she expresses a bold vulnerability. However, all I can think of when I hear this song now is the heinous performance done by Jennifer Lopez on the American Idol Season 13 finale; talk about putting on a fake, ridiculous voice.


Crazy is the name of the day. We won’t sleep until we get to Brooklyn, but first, we have to take Manhattan. Sounds exhausting.

On another note, today is the 5th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passings. At Planet Stereo, we want to send our respects to his family on this day. The King of Pop’s legacy is as strong as ever, and we hope it will continue to be.

Michael Jackson.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Sixty-Four


“It’s just another Manic Monday…I wish it was Sunday…That’s my fun day…” The Bangles sure hit the nail on the head with that one. When I got up super-early this morning, my first thought was “Why isn’t it Sunday?” But as the day wore on, there were no Monday Blues in sight. Although, I guess that happens when you can finally get back into a weightlifting routine! I even ran for a couple of minutes, which my body has missed so much.

The only thing my run was missing? A good playlist. Here’s hoping today is a soundtrack worthy of a sprint.

1. State of Shock – The Jacksons ft. Mick Jagger

Two icons in one go. The beat of this song is fantastic, and the contrast between Jackson and Jagger’s vocals seem to add to the track’s intrigue. I don’t really know how to explain it, but this is a decent song; it makes me want to dance around, anyway, and would fit quite nicely into my running soundtrack. 

2. Private Dancer – Tina Turner

There is an age to Tina Turner’s vocals on this track, and when added to the depressing tone and subject of the song, it really does make you feel bad. Towards the end of the song, Turner’s vocal power comes back with a vengeance, showing that she’s still a powerhouse. However, it doesn’t take from the melancholy spirit of this narration, although the stunning electric guitar solo does add a flare to it.

3. Freedom – Wham!

After such a sad track before, I needed this classic. I love this song. My mom used to blast Wham! and George Michael albums, and I soon learned to either learn to love it or be forced to sit with earplugs. I decided to love it, and this may be one of the tracks I love best. This is childhood for me; my mom can sing the “doo-doo-doo-doo-doo” part perfectly. Despite singing about being in a relationship with someone that sounds like a complete jerk, this song manages to stay upbeat as George Michael pleads to stay together. It’s a great track; I love the line “Like a prisoner who has his own key, but I can’t escape until you love me…”

4. I Want You Back – Hoodoo Gurus

Now here is some upbeat, fun guitar playing! This is such a fun track. Sticking to the relationships theme, our hero pleads for his love to come back to him, but doesn’t do it to the instrumental of a ballad, but to a happy, entertaining tune. It’s refreshing. With a rock and roll edge, this almost comes off as pop-punk. I can’t help but wonder which came first…this or Bananarama’s track of the same name?

5. Sally Maclennanee – The Pogues

When this song first started, I froze. And then I laughed. More surprisingly, I danced. It’s not like I’ve never listened to The Pogues before, but I didn’t expect this. I just smiled throughout the whole song; this is such a catchy tune and even though it’s kind of a sad subject, there is nothing sad about this song; it is kind of a great funeral song (just saying). It reminds me of “Another Irish Drinking Song.”

6. Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday

Who doesn’t love a good girl-fronted band? Especially when the girl is behind the bass! I love this song. When it hits that chorus, there is something so great about it; I just want to play it on repeat. A tune about being in a relationship with someone who is domineering and only wants you when he can “keep you in line,” this is the perfect “screw you” type of song, and the video was perfection too.

7. The Sun Always Shines on TV – A-ha

At first, I wasn’t sure where this track was headed; a cliche` ballad pleading for love? Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the music gets amped up, and the vocals are much more powerful. While the desperation is still there, an edge also has a presence, and it makes a huge difference in the way the song comes across. However, the blending of the two moods does provide a nice contrast that also adds a sense of anticipation.

8. Into The Groove – Madonna

An 80’s staple, Madonna practically dominated the decade…pre-fake-British-accent. I dare say everyone has heard this song, and they either love it or hate it. I am kind of neutral about it. I think I’ve heard it enough that I don’t hate it, but it’s not my taste, so I don’t love it either. However, I will admit that the chorus is catchy and easy to sing along to.

9. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush

Kate Bush admitted that this would be a confusing track, as it actually had nothing to do with religion, which is understandable, apart from the fact that it’s Kate Bush. Why would she start singing about religion all of the sudden? The instrumental is a bit repetitive, but the vocals are good. May I also advise avoiding the video, as it will only further add to any confusion you might have.

10. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

Finally! I am so glad to see Pet Shop Boys on a playlist, it is unreal. “West End Girls” is another 80’s staple, with a nod to hip-hop and a synth pop style that didn’t grate on my nerves, I play this song on repeat. The chorus has a style to it that would be impossible to replicate.


Overall, this would transition into a decent running playlist (although “Private Dancer” may be a bit too dramatic and sad). The 80s seems to be pretty consistent. The good news is, throughout this whole challenge, I haven’t despised an entire playlist (…so far). Here’s hoping that continues.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Sixty


Ah! We’ve finally hit Day Sixty! Only forty more days of the challenge left. This makes me wonder why such a large chunk of this book is dominated to the 90s and early 2000s. Perhaps that will be something I look further into later on…

1. Party Fears II – The Associates

Sounding very typically 80s First Wave, I wasn’t all too impressed by The Associated. Granted, the track is very theatrical, which is a plus, especially when you add in very well-delivered lyrics. However, the book calls Billy Mackenzie’s vocals “remarkable,” which might be a bit of a stretch. Don’t get me wrong, he is very talented, but considering some of the other vocals previously heard throughout the challenge so far, I wouldn’t say “remarkable.” Still, not a bad track to amp you up for Friday.

2. Situation – Yazoo

While still utilizing technology on this track, Alison Moyet belts out each line with a power that is truly remarkable (see what I did there?). The combination of Moyet and Vince Clarke really stand out from the sea of synth pop that dominated in the 80s. I actually really enjoyed this track.

3. Rock The Casbah – The Clash

This is not the most rock and roll track The Clash ever produced, but it is fun. This is the perfect track to dance around your room to and, hell, even clap along to. While it came as a surprise to my ears, it was a pleasant surprise, thankfully.

4. Buffalo Gals – Malcom McLaren

One of the tracks that brought hip hop to the mainstream. The introduction honestly would be perfect for babies, as they may be the only ones who could understand it. The strange and intriguing part about this song is the fact that it is essentially a hip-hop square dance; so I guess you could label it a country-hip-hop hybrid.

5. A New England – Billy Bragg

Short and powerful, with a live feeling to it. It doesn’t come off as punk at first, but it really is. With a political context and a love story meddled in there, the lyrics are perfectly poetic, with a dry wit to them that really makes the song as enjoyable as it is. I found this to be a perfect song; I should say I found enjoyment in its imperfections.

6. Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes

…And here is another car advertisement song. Filled with teen angst and rhythmic instrumentals, this song can be featured on a million repetitive car ads, and still be a good listen. Granted, the lyrics are pretty sexual, but the overall sound of the song is upbeat and catchy, as well as memorable.

7. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Anything by David Bowie is sure to be a complete win. This is a classic Bowie track. There is a character to it, as with every single he had. With powerful vocals, and strong evocation of imagery, “Let’s Dance” had the makings of an instant classic. I love this song. It’s fun, with jazzy undertones, and an overall style that does make you want to dance. Can we also mention that epic guitar solo? So incredible, and just adds to an already awesome song.

8. This Charming Man – The Smiths

Every time I hear The Smiths, I am always reminded that my mom went to school with Johnny Marr once upon a time ago. I often find myself wondering which characters in songs are people from Manchester. “This Charming Man” is a classic, both musically and lyrically. I always enjoy listening to it.

9. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

I can never listen to this song with a straight face. I’m sorry, but after watching The Proposal and seeing the striptease performed for Sandra Bullock’s character, how can you? I have also seen so many “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirts over the course of my nineteen years that I know what a cultural impact this track had. In all truth, it is catchy as hell, and it’s a goofy song that is, yes, all about sex, but fun to dance and sing along like a child to.

10. Song To The Siren – This Mortal Coil

The only thing I really don’t like about this song is the over-polished sound of the vocals that were probably already good to begin with. However, overall, I really like this, despite its melancholy vibe. There is something kind of beautiful about it.


When the day hits you over the head, you listen to it. Today, I was exhausted, but this song smacked me upside the head to remind me that tomorrow is Friday! …And I plan on getting some sleep in this weekend, as well as some work. How about you?



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